2024 Governors Honors SF

High School Students Named Semifinalists for 2024 Governor’s Honors Program
Posted on 03/07/2024
Governors Honors SemifinalistsTwelve Newton County School System (NCSS) high school students have been named semi-finalists for the 2024 Governor’s Honors Program (GHP). The Georgia Governor’s Honors Program (GHP) is a residential summer program for gifted and talented high school students who will be rising juniors and seniors during the program. The program offers instruction that is significantly different from the typical high school classroom. It is designed to provide students with academic, cultural, and social enrichment necessary to become the next generation of global critical thinkers, innovators, and leaders.

GHP is held in mid-summer (mid-June to mid-July) as a residential educational experience on a college or university campus. This year’s program will be hosted by Georgia Southern University from June 16 through July 13, 2024. Students will attend classes in the mornings and afternoons in specific areas of study, and then participate in a wide variety of social and instructional opportunities every evening. Meals and rooms are provided by the program.

Students interested in attending must participate in a series of interviews and should be able to speak eloquently and in great detail about the subject they choose. They are students who desire to work with their subject outside of school and go above and beyond. Students may be nominated in Communicative Arts (ELA), all the Foreign Languages, Math, Science, Social Studies, Dance, Music, Theater, Visual Arts, Engineering, and Agriscience.

According to Shundreia Neely, NCSS Director of Secondary Schools, we have a GHP committee comprised of a representative from each school and a GHP coordinator, Mr. Eric Adams.

“The school representative informs teachers about the program and asks teachers to nominate students who are highly talented and qualified to meet the criteria of the program,” Neely explained. “After the teachers provide the student names, the representative meets with students to provide them with an overview of GHP and how the nomination process works. Additionally, the school-level GHP representative checks to ensure students meet the criteria. If the student meets the criteria, the school level representative works with the teacher and student to collect information for GHP nomination.”

She added, “Students’ names are submitted to the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA). The students are next contacted by GOSA to complete a state application in efforts to be selected for state interviews. If selected, students become semi-finalists and then compete in state interviews. Students selected as finalists from state interviews will have the opportunity to participate in the GHP summer program.”

NCSS students who have successfully passed the school and district-level interviews and had their applications approved by GOSA to be named a semifinalist in the program are as follows:

Governor's Honors Semifinalists
Sara Anderson   Alcovy High   10   Agricultural Research, Biotechnology and Science
Francisco Alvarado   Alcovy High & NCCA STEM Institute   11   Engineering with a concentration in programming
Aoqi Xu   Alcovy High & NCCA    10   Mathematics
Cassandra Schneider   Eastside High & NCCA STEM Institute   11   Engineering with a concentration in design
Ian White   Eastside High & NCCA STEM Institute    11   Mathematics
Tallis Howard   Eastside High   10   World languages with a concentration in Latin
Nicol Vives   Newton High & NCCA    11   Agricultural Research, Biotechnology, and Science
Denise Vale   Newton High & NCCA STEM Institute   10   Communicative Arts
Patricia Phillips   Newton High   11   Communicative Arts
Bailey Stover   Newton High   10   Social Studies
Jaylen Stanley   Newton High   11   Visual Arts
Jayden Bailey   Newton High   11   World languages with a concentration in Spanish

"Congratulations to our students for their well-deserved recognition as semi-finalists in the 2024 Georgia Governor's Honors Program," acknowledged Dr. Duke Bradley, III, NCSS school superintendent. "These students have put in substantial effort to refine their applications and essays for the semi-finalist round. Their dedication is evident in their selection across a range of subject areas, such as Engineering, Mathematics, World Languages, Communicative Arts, Social Studies, Visual Arts, and more.”

He added, “Their commitment to advancing their knowledge and skills is commendable. I appreciate the hard work put forth by each student, and I wish them success in the next phase of the Governor's Honors Program. Their achievements bring pride to the Newton County School System."